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Syd Barrett


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4 stars Not exactly progressive, Syd Barrett's solo material is more like dreamy folk pop tunes. This compilation brings you the very best of the two albums Syd released after his Pink Floyd days, as well as material from the rarities album 'Opel'. Included are also three bonus tracks.

While still psychedelic rock, the material here can't really be compared to the Piper At The Gates Of Dawn album. There's a totally different feel here. The atmosphere is very calm and the songs seem to ramble on. Syd is day-dreaming with an acoustic guitar in hand. It's almost like a look beyond the horizon. Fan favorites 'Octopus' and 'Terrapin' are of course here. Songs range from solo acoustic numbers to electric ones with full band. The highlight for me is one of the record's longer tracks, the grooving and jamming 'Gigolo Aunt'. And there's nothing to complain in the rest of the songs. 'Dominoes' is almost Doors-esque. As for the bonus tracks: 'Two Of A Kind' is very much in the same vein as the rest of the album, the previously unreleased 'Bob Dylan Blues' says it all in it's name and the 'Golden Hair (instrumental)' is a nice way to end the disc. "Wouldn't You Miss Me?" is a great way to introduce yourself to Syd Barrett, along with Pink Floyd's "Piper At The Gates Of Dawn". Then if you're satisfied, you can leave it at that and have the best of what Barrett's solo works have to offer conveniently on one disc. If not satisfied, it's still a great starting point to your Barrett collection. And if you just don't like it, well I guess it's not for everybody. Great compilation album nonetheless.

Jimsey | 4/5 |


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